People in Waveland vote for a new mayor

By Krystal Allan – bio | email

WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - This weekend marked the last big push ahead of Tuesday's mayoral vote in Waveland.

Waveland Fire Chief David Garcia and retired businessman Robert Hincks are running to replace long-time mayor Tommy Longo.  Longo lost his bid for the seat in the primary election.

Tuesday, voters in Waveland will head to the Civic Center in a general election. Under the city charter, the new man in charge must be sworn the next day.

With such a quick shift in power, Garcia and Hincks have already outlined what tops their agendas, much of it deals with the city's recovery efforts.

"There's one thing on top of my list, it's making sure our contractors awarded contracts stay within their time frames and get our buildings completed on time," said Garcia.

Hincks priorities include, "Cleaning Waveland up." He said, "We can't ask people to come here with the place as it is. It might not sound like a strong point, but it's the most important thing."

Garcia and Hincks said with so many recovery projects still underway in the city, there's one change they'd both like to see, more transparency when it comes to city business.

Garcia said, "We certainly going put it out there for them and let them know what we're going and why we're doing it."

Hincks points to the people saying, "This is their city. Every citizen that lives here. It belongs to them. They should know."

Though Tuesday's vote remains to be seen, one thing is for sure, regardless of who wins, a change is coming to Waveland.

Polls open at 7 a.m. At the Waveland Civic Center on Coleman Avenue and will wrap up at 7 p.m.  Voters will also elect aldermen to fill the city's four wards.

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